St. Bernardus Abt 12 | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

9,502 Ratings
St. Bernardus Abt 12St. Bernardus Abt 12

Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-14-2001

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Photo of Hwidemond
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Great Belgium!

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Photo of cjgiant
4.37/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, BB 10/2018, according to, just under 1 year old.

Pours pretty much hazy brown with a large amount of medium-bubbled head that reduces slowly to a nice layer of soapy-to-foamy head. The nose is dark brown sugar, date, a hint of old wood or leather.

The feel is so smooth for a higher ABV beer, and similarly, the alcohol is hidden well. The carbonation is felt but is very light in feel. There's a slight cola nature to the taste, but not as much the feel. The taste otherwise follows the nose pretty well, and reminds me of a rich, fresh-baked date bread. The end feel has a bit of a toffee candy feel to it.

I expected a denser feel, but the simplicity and balance in the flavors are so well done. Somewhat paradoxically, I almost wish it had a bite of alcohol to break up the balance to maybe put it over the top.

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Photo of Hosehead01
4/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of mks0913
5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of jhlosito75
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of RoyAndyMN
5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of Carlalwin
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of d_kizzle
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of sheltone60
4.56/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of DoQ
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of AFchino
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of BraveMountie
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of masterofsparks
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Tafyob41
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of RefillMyglass
4.32/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of LXIXME
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Carmack
4.2/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Kevhain
4.64/5  rDev +5%

Photo of JuanAlberto
4.88/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of WillDecker1983
4.36/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Mcdonaldusmc
3.5/5  rDev -20.8%

New to reviewing, but not to consuming. Was really looking forward to tasting this based on reviews and friend's recommendations. Maybe it was the alcohol content; maybe the yeast, maybe the tight carbonation...but something ran roughshod over the flavor. I don't know if a beer can be 'strident,' but drinking this reminded me of a high-pitched nag. I'm drinking it cold, so I'll see what happens when I let it warm a bit, maybe the vaunted flavor will show through then.

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Photo of diamondlie
4.77/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Txdoppel
4.68/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of gustyfoo
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of thomas2357
4.76/5  rDev +7.7%

St. Bernardus Abt 12 from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.42 out of 5 based on 9,502 ratings.
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